Economy & Politics

Doris Payne – master thief with acting talent

When Doris Payne went on a foray, her day began with an elaborate styling program. She slipped into her finest clothes, her best jewelry and piece by piece into the role of a rich, wealthy woman. In her biography, she describes how she lavishly disguises herself – how she prepares to steal the diamond she saw in her mother’s Harpers Bazaar magazine.

With the help of cornstarch, she forces herself into a girdle, unwraps new silk stockings, throws herself into a white blouse and a green combination of skirt and jacket. “When I go on a foray, I prepare to play someone else,” she says in


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